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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-23-2018, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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Oh God, how can you make a DIY aquarium sump? I find those guides on the web to be quite complicated, does anyone have a simpler method?
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Oh God, how can you make a DIY aquarium sump? I find those guides on the web to be quite complicated, does anyone have a simpler method?

A simple ridged brute tote

https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail...138-x-118-Gray

A sump
Is not a complicated thing.
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Thank you, it was super helpful!
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A freshwater sump isn't that difficult. No need for chambers, baffle walls, etc. 3 sheets of foam filter pads! Water discharges in - passes through foam filters - water gets pumped out.
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Wow @Bratmanxj, did you do that yourself?
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Wow @Bratmanxj, did you do that yourself?
Nothing much to it... BeAnAnimal overflow (research the net, all kinds of info), Steffen Tanner at Swiss Tropicals as well as Frank Muller on another forum who had an awesome 240g Frontosa tank with a similar sump. I also have a fresh water drip system with an overflow on the sump, my tank changes 4 gallons of water every day all on its own.

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Check out his 240g Frontosa tank build...explains his rubbermaid tub sumps, the water change system, etc. All his tank builds have some cool features.

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Put a return pump and an air stone in the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket. Plumb the return pump to the tank and the air stone to an air pump. Fill the bucket 3/4 full of bioballs. Put a large filter pad on top of the bioballs so the pad goes up the sides of the bucket. Aim the supply water from the tank at the middle of the filter pad. Put a plastic lid on the filter pad where the water hits to disperse the water.

Pull the filter pad once a month or so and rinse it in the sink then return it to the sump.

You can spend a lot more time and money for negligibly better filtration and it probably wont be any better at all!
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